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France bans Iran’s Mahan Air flight’s operation in the nation, accusing airline of flying troops, arms to Syria

France has on Monday banned Iran’s Mahan Air flight’s movement in and out of the country, accusing it of allegedly transporting armed military equipment as well as personnel to Syria and several Middle East war zones, according to a diplomat, amid mounting pressure on Paris to act upon the issue.

France’ decision to revoke Iranian Mahan’s licence to operationalize in the nation was prompted after Germany had imposed a ban on the airline in January this year, according to Reuters news reports.

More than two years ago, France had considered to revolt Iran’s flight’s license under the presidency of Francois Hollande but then kept it silence because it feared relations could get damaged after Iran and world powers have inked a nuclear deal in 2015.

A French diplomatic source said, “We knew of their activities from our own intelligence services and after the German move it was a question of credibility.”

France ban on Iranian airline will be in effect from April 1. The airline’s website is no longer taking reservations and calls to its offices in Paris were not answered.

Tensions between Tehran and Paris have grown since President Emmanuel Macron and his led government became frustrated due to Iran developing its nuclear and ballistic missiles tests and a foiled attack over Iranian exiles in France, which France says Iranian intelligence was behind.

 

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